This is the second in a three-part interview with the Author, Loretta Boyer McClellan:
Who did you write Misthaven of Maine for? Who is your readership?
Loretta Boyer McClellan: I wanted to write a book—which has now evolved into a series—that adults and teens could equally enjoy, and even discuss, if they should be interested in doing so. Keeping an age-appropriate focus for teens, without losing the draw for adult readers seeking a proper love story that lingers wasn’t as big of a challenge as I thought it would be. The emotion is definitely there. The story has been generally viewed as suitable for teens, as well as adults; however, I would expect parents to be the judge for their own teen’s needs. I’ve had adult readers say their pre-teen daughter is also reading it.
Some may consider labeling Misthaven of Maine as Young Adult Romance/YA Romance, but the criteria for deeming it as such is varied. Misthaven of Maine is definitely contemporary fiction, with a love story, for teen and adult readers alike. Marketing execs will say to stick with a niche for reaching a target readership, but I was determined to cast a wider net for the audience for Misthaven of Maine, as many contemporary fiction authors are doing presently. Hopefully this goal has been achieved. I anticipate opinions varying in trying to categorize my book.
Your bio references that you draw from the many places in the U.S. you’ve lived for your writing. What other influences from your life are prevalent in your writing style or translate to the story?
Loretta Boyer McClellan: Misthaven of Maine is certainly influenced by some events in my life in a select, few parts in the story; however, I wanted to write about things and people who interest me outside my own sphere, to take me on my own journey. This focus clearly takes me far and away from personal experiences. If the process in writing is an adventure for me, hopefully that translates to the reader as well.
There’s something empowering about the control an author has in building this world and shaping its people—although most of the time it feels like the characters and story truly have a life of their own, and I’m just along for the ride!
To be continued…
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